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Labor Day

Festival Canceled

The Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has announced that this year’s Labor Day Festival has been canceled. The festival would have taken place Sunday in Bergman Park. “While we normally would be gathering to honor our area’s labor force this Sunday, we are canceling the event as it would not meet New York state’s guidelines on large group gatherings due to the pandemic,” said Julia Ciesla-Hanley, recreation coordinator. We encourage everyone to take a moment to thank workers who have made this holiday possible and to thank those who have kept us safe and healthy during these times.”

City Pair Charged

Following Traffic Stop Tuesday

A Jamestown pair was charged following a traffic stop this week. Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and a K-9 unit with the New York State Police stopped a vehicle at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at 711 Newland Ave. The driver was identified as 56-year-old Jimmy L. Watts and the passenger was identified as 59-year-old Michael J. McIntyre. An investigation found that McIntyre was allegedly in possession of heroin. He was transported to Jamestown City Jail on a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. A check of Watts’ driving history showed he had more than 20 license suspensions, and was reportedly operating the vehicle with switched license plates. The city man was issued a ticket to appear in court on a charge of felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Officers were assisted Tuesday by members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Backpack

Giveaway Set

FALCONER — Falconer Central School will be doing a backpack giveaway at the high school on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. This is for any student in the Falconer district who is in need of a backpack with some school supplies. Parents can drive up in the bus loop and school officials will hand out a backpack. Students must be accompanied by an adult. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Rosie Digirolamo at 665-6624.

County Board Of Health To Meet

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Health will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, by remote access. To view the meeting visit facebook.com/myhealthycounty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public may participate in privilege of the floor by emailing a statement prior to the Board of Health meeting to raters@co.chautauqua.ny.us. Emailed statements shall be read during the privilege of the floor.

Absentee Ballot Portal Is Open

New York’s absentee ballot portal, where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3 election, is now open. Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted by executive order to allow any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID during the pandemic to request an absentee ballot. Last month, Cuomo signed into law election reforms allowing absentee ballot applications to be submitted to the Board of Elections immediately, allowing a voter to get an absentee ballot and ensuring all absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day or received by the Board of Elections without a postmark on the day after the Election will be counted. Ballots with a postmark demonstrating that they were mailed on or before Election Day will be counted if received by Nov. 10.

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